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Jacquez Jones is only 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, but the undersized receiver has had a big senior season for Clearwater (Fla.) High.
The 3-star Tennessee commit, who announced his decision in May, has close to 1,000 total yards in nine games for 8-1 Tornadoes.
Used in a variety of ways, Jones has 8 touchdowns this season — 5 receiving, 2 rushing and 1 kickoff return — and the speedy jitterbug aims to bring a similar versatility to Tennessee.
Recently, I caught up with the nation’s No. 124 receiver, discussing his visit during the Alabama game, his dynamic senior season and his plans the rest of the fall.
You visited Knoxville for the first time since ‘Orange Carpet Day’ in June. How was your trip to Tennessee for the Alabama game?
Jones: “It was really, really good. The atmosphere was great. I’m all about the atmosphere. Everything was great. I talked with Coach Butch Jones before the game. … Really it was awesome. When I got there I couldn’t spend time with Jones after the game because I left to drive back home, but when I was there, during halftime I was talking to Tyler Byrd and the whole receiving crew. I talk to (Byrd and Brandon Johnson) all the time. And Jauan Jennings. We have a good vibe.”
You’ve had a very productive senior season. You told me at the beginning of the year you wanted 1,000 yards receiving. Think you’ll reach your goal?
Jones: “The season is going by really good. My coach has sat me out in the third quarter like three games already, but we’re 7-0. Clinched our district. We’re just doing really well. I’m just looking to make an impact whenever my name is called. … We (should) go pretty deep in (the) playoffs. We just have to stay consistent and keep getting better each and every week. Get those Ws.”
What has Tennessee receivers coach Zach Azzanni told you about your season? After evaluating you this fall, how do the Volunteers plan to use you?
Jones: “All different types of ways. I can play both spots (slot or the X outside). I’m just trying to be versatile. I bring impact to the game every week. Azzanni just keeps telling me to stay consistent.”
The wideout told me he will take his official visit to Tennessee following the conclusion of the Tornadoes’ run through the playoffs. Jones, who holds 19 offers, still hears from Miami, Indiana, Wisconsin and Kentucky. He said school is going well and he’s focused on improving his ACT score.
What does the rest of the fall look like for you?
Jones: “I really don’t talk to other schools. I’m just concentrating on Tennessee and my team. … I’m firmly committed to Tennessee. I’ll take some of my official visits though. More than one. It’s always business with that side.”
Vols land 2017 hoops commit
Tennessee finally secured its first basketball commit for its 2017 class, adding Delaware forward Zach Kent.
The 6-foot-10, 228-pound big man holds more than a dozen offers, committing to Tennessee over Northwestern, per several reports.
Kent, who plays for Blair Academy in New Jersey, visited Tennessee on Oct. 15.